Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards: Free Printables for Día del amor

Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards: Free Printables for Día del amor


Inside: Free printable Spanish Valentine’s Day cards for the home or classroom.

Looking for printables for Día de San Valentín? Today I’ve got a set of sweet cards for you that are totally free! Just download, print, and go. 

(AND – I just teamed up with some of my favorite TpT teacher-authors to give away THREE TpT gift cards– $40 each, to say how much we love our readers. Scroll to the bottom to see the giveaway and enter!)

These cards are great for personal use or for the classroom. Some are classic Latin-romantic (mi media naranja, para mi amorcito), and some are more generic, for use between friends or between parents a kids (para mi osito, te quiero mucho). I recommend printing on cardstock. 


free valentine's day cards in Spanish


Many of you will be using these cards at home (and are already fluent speakers!). If you’re using them in the classroom with Spanish learners, here are a few tips on how to make the most of this activity. (As a new teacher, I often “wasted” a class period on holiday-themed activities. I didn’t understand the importance of input, and would have just hoped some of the new holiday vocab would stick after using it in a card.)


Tips for making cards with Spanish learners:



  • Tell a story, or use an #authres to give input on letter-writing phrases. 

    Something like the video Querido Tommy would be just right for spending some time on language used in personal letters. You’ll hear reps of common phrases like querido, carta, te escribo para decirte…. You can also lower the volume or pause to narrate the story that’s shown in the video. Spend plenty of time on this. 




  • Don’t just hand out the cards and let the students loose. They’ll want to use lots of language they don’t know in Spanish, and you’ll be writing everything on the board or copying things willy-nilly from dictionaries. Instead, brainstorm ways to express some common sentiments using language they know. The day before, perhaps, write a card in Spanish and give it to them as a reading. 


  • Another idea: use the song video for Robarte un beso. There are four sets of people from each video. Write a card (using language on the level your class needs), from the person in each of the couples in the song, leaving out names. Hand them out as readings, and read individually or as a class. Then, watch the video. Let the students match each card to the couples in the video. 



  • Most classes won’t be ready to write a full card on their own, or it won’t be useful to their acquisition. Consider providing an outline, or supplying phrases where they only provide a word or two to personalize it. If you used the song Querido Tommy, give “te escribo para decirte que eres ______” as a model, so they only have to supply or two words. Think of simple language like “te quiero porque me ________,”  or “Eres muy especial para mi porque eres _________.”


  • Another option would be to write the person’s name inside the card, vertically, and write a word for that person that starts with each letter of their name.


  • For more advanced classes, provide the lyrics to a song and do blackout poetry. The students use a marker to cover (blackout) the parts they don’t need. The words that are left form the new poem, and this is the text of the card. Just make sure to use something fairly simple!


(I got so excited about using Querido Tommy and Robarte un beso that I created a whole lesson using those to teach letter-writing. See below!!)  And while you’re writing your cards, you might want to use my Valentine’s playlists in the background:



In case you are a teacher or a parent with kids who like to color, I also have a set for sale (just $1.50!) on Teachers pay Teachers, which you can find below. With those cards, you can color the words and pictures. Hope these help you celebrate Día del amor y la amistad  in Spanish!


Spanish Valentine’s Day Cards










Cinco Monitos Song Lyrics and Free Printable

Cinco Monitos Song Lyrics and Free Printable

Inside: Lyrics and activities for the song Cinco monitos.

Cinco monitos– Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed– is a fun song for little (or bigger!) Spanish learners. Use it to teach numbers 1-5, and beginning phrases like la cama, no más, la cabeza, and se cayó. 

cinco monitos letras y titeres


If you are looking for songs in general, you might like my lists of Nursery Rhymes in Spanish, Spanish Lullabies, or general Songs in Spanish for kids. These Cinco monitos materials are also part of my lesson on numbers for Prek-2nd grade. 


Cinco monitos: Lyrics / Letras


You’ll find a variety of lyrics for this song. Our personal favorite is the version sung by Toobys, so these lyrics are from that version. (The printable lyrics are available in the download below.)

Cinco monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Cuatro monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Tres monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Dos monitos saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!

Un monito saltando en la cama,
Uno cayó al piso y la cabeza se golpeó,
Mamá llamó al doctor y el doctor la consejó,
-¡Ya no más monos saltando en la cama!


Here’s the song on YouTube:


Cinco monitos: Activities / Actividades


This song can be a fun one to act out! Print the five little monkeys finger puppets, or glue the monkeys onto popsicle sticks, and cut out the bed image. 



cinco monitos actividades

Here are more videos of los Cinco monitos. You’ll see here just how many different ways there are to sing it:







Spanish New Year’s Activities: A Collection for the Classroom

Spanish New Year’s Activities: A Collection for the Classroom

Inside: Spanish New Year’s activities, and links. 

Coming back to school after the winter break can be rough. Create a lesson or two around New Year’s traditions, and you can kick off the new semester with fun activities centered on Latino culture. 
As explored in my New Year’s in Spanish post, there are a ton of good-luck rituals in the Hispanic world. From wearing the right underwear to stuffing down 12 grapes a midnight, there’s a little bit of everything! And there’s plenty of interesting traditions to capture your students’ attention. 
Or consider a real-world task like making resolutions and/or wishes. There are plenty of #authres to make these sorts of activities even more meaningful. 
Below, I’ve gathered all kinds of resources, so there should be something for everyone. Enjoy!

Spanish New Year’s Activities

Lesson Ideas


  • Make New Year’s resolutions! Perhaps begin with a funny story about someone who has high hopes for the new year and sets intense goals, and then what actually happens Jan 1. OR go the inspirational route about someone who truly does turn over a new leaf (the Grinch, maybe). Then at the end of the story, students come up with their own resolutions. 


  • Prepare a list of famous characters/people/celebrities. Then, write up one or more resolutions for each person. Show the list of people to the class, and read the resolutions out loud, while the students try to guess whose it is.




  • Make 12 wishes for the New Year, and write each one in a grape. (Following the tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight, and making a wish for each one eaten.) This is an output-heavy activity, so it might be best to brainstorm and give options for the students to choose from, or use for a more advanced class and then discuss.


  • For younger students, prepare “grapes” with a wish for the New Year written down. After talking about each wish, have the students pick just one wish for the next year. Then vote for favorites and do a graph to see what the most popular wish is!


  • Research superstitions to bring good luck on New Year’s, and compare them between countries/cultures.


  • Have students choose one word for the New Year, as explained here.



Free TpT Resources



  • Metas para el año nuevo from La Clase de Señora Dufault. Use this cute download if you are doing resolutions with younger students. 


  • Teach the song Vivir mi vida to prep for writing resolutions (lots of voy a… reps), with this free activity sheet. 




costumbres latinas del año nuevo


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Costumbres para el año nuevo







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Lesson 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Lesson 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Inside: Activities for a ¿Cómo te llamas? and me llamo lesson for preschool Spanish classes. 


Lesson 2 Goals: I can say my name. I can recognize some animals by name. 

Target Structures: ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo…, dice

(Los animales de la granja are introduced this lesson. At this point, the goal is just to recognize their names, not necessarily name them like in Lesson 3. They’re mainly here to learn dice.)

Click to see my outline of Preschool Spanish Lessons for Los pollitos dicen. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Movement/brain breaks: Stretch with movement words: levántate, siéntate, manos arriba, and manos abajo, corre, and salte, Duck, Duck, Goose in Spanish, or ¡Salta, salta!







Introduce ¿Cómo te llamas? and Me llamo. Model for a bit (the pollito puppet from the last lesson works well to act this out.) For example:

Teacher: – ¡Buenos días!
Pollito: – ¡Buenos días!

Pollito: – ¿Cómo te llamas?
Teacher: – Me llamo…

Then, ask the kids their names. The video below, from Mundo de Pepita, is really helpful in seeing how to this sort of modeling and interacting with the students. 




Review Los pollitos dicen and sing using the pollito puppets. Circle dice again: ¿El pollito dice: <muu>? ¡No! ¿El elefante dice: <pío>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice: <pío>? ¡Sí! etc. Introduce more farm animas with these farm-animals-printouts and circle those. ¿El caballo dice: <pío pío>? ¡No! ¿El caballo dice: <nii>? ¡Sí! 




Have the students sit in a circle, and pass a ball. While passing the ball, chant, ¿Có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas TÚ? Whoever has the ball on tú answers: Me llamo ______.  It’s okay if they only say their name right now. Usually the kids clamor for a turn, but if the ball lands on someone shy, they can pass it to a neighbor. No need to force output!

I often use this chant as a warm-up for circle time as we start class. 




Play ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? again, from Lesson 3. Have bags ready with toy foods inside, or sneak foods into one bag for each turn. Sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what food is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the food, we talk about it. ¿Te gusta el maíz? ¿El perro come el maíz? etc.








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Los pollitos dicen

Printable Spanish-Speaking Countries and Capitals Game Cards

Printable Spanish-Speaking Countries and Capitals Game Cards

Inside: Spanish-speaking countries and capitals map and game cards.

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a perfect time to introduce geography for Spanish-speaking countries. I’ve made a map and set of cards that teach countries, capitals, maps, and country shapes, as well as a few quick facts about each country. In this free download, you can also find directions for games like Go Fish, Concentration, and Slap-it. A color set is in included, as well as black and white in case you want your kids/students to color in the flags themselves.

Spanish-speaking Countries and Capitals Map and Game Cards

Though I like to use games to introduce lists like this, remember that memorizing a list won’t necessarily produce students who love culture. If my students are really going to connect to far away places, they needs stories, videos, food, and songs (and of course travel, if possible) to produce real affection. Hopefully these fun games will help you painlessly and quickly introduce geography, so that when you do listen to a Colombian artist or watch a clip from Puerto Rico, everyone knows the context.


These links are helpful for remembering and connecting to Spanish-speaking countries:


Simple repetition for names/capitals, while showing map:



For older students (the original video is cool, but on the line for school-appropriate):












Hispanic artists by country:


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Printable card games for Spanish-speaking countries and capitals.








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Don’t miss all of the great posts from previous years as well: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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